[News] Palestine support - UAW 2865 votes to support BDS!
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Thu Dec 11 10:38:54 EST 2014
The UAW2865 just became the first major US labor union to endorse BDS
through a membership vote. The vote was 65% in favor, 35% against, a 30
point margin!!! 52% of members also personally pledged to adhere to the
academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions! Complete info on the
vote result is here: *http://www.uaw2865.org/2014-bds-vote/*
Submitted by the BDS Caucus
When structures of oppression receive our unwilling financial support,
we must take a stand.
Palestinian university teachers, labor unions, and students under
Israeli occupation have called for our
solidarity. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions resolution will push
back against our complicity as
union members, UC employees, and students from apartheid in Palestine.
The BDS call, made by Palestinian grassroots organizations, aims to
restore Palestinians’ human rights
for: 1) Refugees forced to flee Palestine in 1948 and subsequently due
to Israeli military violence and
ethnic cleansing who are barred from returning to their lands; 2) Those
facing the 47-year military
occupation and ongoing land confiscation in the West Bank and blockade
in Gaza; and 3) Palestinians
inside Israel facing second-class citizenship due to over 50 ethnically
discriminatory laws that heavily
restrict access to property ownership, education, and other resources
By voting YES, we defend steadfastly the universal value of human
dignity and equality. We maintain
that Palestinian lives are as valuable as Israeli lives. We demand an
end to the occupation of
Palestinian lands; we support full equality for Palestinians in Israel;
and refugees’ right of return as
stipulated by international law and U.N. Resolution 194.
By voting YES, we honor our union’s commitment to political action and
We will continue educating our communities of racism against Arabs,
Muslims, Jews and people of
Middle Eastern background, and stand against all forms of
discrimination. We continue Local 2865’s
solidarities with other anti-racist, anti-colonial labor and student
movements globally; thus our
opponents’ claim that we’re singling out Israel is patently false.
Rather than dictating the form of our
solidarity to any aggrieved people, we must try to express it in
whatever form those people deem
necessary to better their conditions, whether boycotts, sympathy
strikes, petitions, or organizing
actions to support students and workers from Chile to South Africa to
workers here. Yet Israel
constantly requests that we excuse its apartheid practices when we would
do so for no other country.
By voting YES, we affirm our solidarity with all those striving for
peace with justice for all the land’s
inhabitants. We join student governments of UCSD, UCI, UCR, UCB, UCSC,
and UCLA in calling
for divestment from Israeli apartheid. We stand by members of all
national origins and religions who
demand a situation where all people live with dignity regardless of
religion, ethnicity, or other identity.
Some who stand to lose their privilege argue we must not meddle in
“controversial affairs”. Some
argued this during Jim Crow segregation: they were wrong! Some argued
this to support South African
apartheid: they were wrong! Some argue this to support raising tuition
and entrenching education as an upper-class, racist privilege: they are
Years from now, when peace with justice is under way in Palestine, you
will look back and think, “I
made the right decision. I stood in solidarity during the most difficult
Friends, it’s time to finally be counted on the right side of history!
Vote YES on BDS!
Read the ballot here:
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